I have been an ardent supporter of Barack Obama from the moment he gave his speech to the Democratic National Convention in July, 2004, and that was the first time I had ever seen him. However, I have been disappointed in the results of his presidency so far, and I was left wondering just what was wrong. Confidence Men by Ron Suskind answered some of my questions, prompting me to prepare this report card on the Obama presidency so far. I do expect that Barack will be re-elected because the country would be in much worse shape after a Republican presidency. I also expect that Barack is learning on the job (he is a very fast learner) and will do better in his second term. The nation needs him to do more.
When Barack was elected, we faced a whole host of difficult problems, and the GOP played the obstructionist card to the maximum. Under those circumstances, it would have been difficult for the most experienced leader to lead us out of our difficulties, and Barack was new to the job. He made some early mistakes in personnel selections. Rahm Emanuel and Larry Summers have been replaced and that is a good thing. Barack needs to replace Tim Geithner, and I think that he knows that. If the Senate could be expected to approve a replacement without political theater, I believe that Geithner would be history by now.
All that said, here is my report card on the President so far:
Feeling our pain B
Solving problems C
Connecting to us B+
- Steve Rattner Is Very Unhappy with Ron Suskind (delong.typepad.com)
- Confidence Men: Wall Street, Washington, and the Education of a President by Ron Suskind: review (telegraph.co.uk)
- Suskind’s Three “Gotchas” Were Wrong (delong.typepad.com)
- How Rahm Emanuel, Larry Summers and Tim Geithner ‘Hijacked’ the Obama Presidency [Politics] (gawker.com)